The Charmex CX Swiss Military Watch That Broke a Scuba Diving Record

You have probably never heard of Charmex nor of Ahmed Gabr, but there are at least two reasons why both are worth knowing. In 2005, the Swiss Rolex replica watches for men company Charmex launched a massive dive watch capable of withstanding water pressures down to 12,000 feet. It was not only the most water-resistant (serially produced) mechanical dive watch at that time, but also the only (7750-based) chronograph amongst similar “extreme” dive watches.

In 2009, that watch was replaced by a slightly smaller (but, at 28.5 mm, still very thick) titanium model called the CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet. And you guessed it, with a 6,000-meter water resistance (excluding a 10% to 20% safety margin), it was once again the first, and up until today one of the very few,high quality Montblanc replica watches offering that kind of depth rating. Furthermore, since it retains its predecessor’s chronograph functions, it is still the most water-resistant mechanical diving chronograph watch ever produced.

CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet

The watch was, of course, tested underwater when it was introduced, but no human being can reach those kind of depths without a hull around him.

That’s were Ahmed Gabr comes into play. The Egyptian diver (and former Special Forces member) recently broke a scuba diving world record in Dahab: as of September 18, Gabr holds the record for the deepest saltwater scuba dive, at 332.35 meters. As you might have expected, he was wearing a CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet watch during this dive. The record-setting descent demonstrates the difference between what’s possible to engineer in a Breitling fake watches and what the actual human limits of scuba diving are.

Gabr’s dive lasted 13 hours and 15 minutes and required 92 pressure air tanks.

Ahmed Gabr diving with CX Swiss Military watch

3 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

Rolex is the most recognizable and most coveted watch brand in the world. Here are three popular Rolex replica watches models that are in stores now and that offer accessible (for Rolex, that is) prices for collectors of all ages.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Rolex calls it the quintessential Oyster, and the purest expression of the Oyster concept. It’s hard to argue with that, and this watch provides an excellent entry point into the world of Rolex.

The Oyster Perpetual offers its owner many of the advances Rolex is known for, including some the best technical developments. The 36 mm 904L stainless steel case is water resistant to 100 meters, or 330 feet. The center section of the case is milled from a solid block of steel. The crown uses the patented Twinlock system to keep the elements at bay, and the sapphire crystal is virtually scratchproof.

This model is powered by the Rolex manufacture self-winding caliber 3130. This movement bears the official Swiss chronometer certification, and, like all Rolex movements, it is known for both precision and reliability. The precision is made possible by a free-sprung balance, prized by collectors and found in the finest movements. The patented blue Parachrom hairspring offers excellent protection against shocks, magnetic fields and temperature variations.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Rolex Explorer

The Rolex Explorer is a true icon, not only for Rolex, but within the larger world of rugged, precision-made timepieces. It famously accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they became the first to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in May, 1953. That achievement is one of many, but it is emblematic of the adventurous spirit that guides both Rolex in its quest for perfection, and those who consider their Explorer an essential part of their success.

Launched in 2010, the newest Explorer remains faithful to the heritage that extends back to 1953. Blue Chromalight hour markers and hands assure excellent visibility in all conditions. The 39-mm Oyster case, the Twinlock crown, and the sapphire crystal secure the movement against harm.

Inside, the Caliber 3132 self-winding movement is as robust as it is precise. Of course it is an officially certified chronometer. The free-sprung balance is precision-fitted between two Paraflex shock absorbers, developed and patented by Rolex. The blue Parachrom hairspring assures high-precision timekeeping.

The bracelet is fitted with the patented Oysterlock clasp, and with the Easylink comfort system, which allows the user to extend the bracelet by 5 mm.

Rolex Explorer

Rolex Datejust II
The Rolex Datejust is the quintessential “goes everywhere, does everything” timepiece. When men say they want a Breitling Replica watches for sale they can wear with jeans as well as a suit, this is the go-to recommendation. The Datejust defines versatility.

The Datejust also represents another time-honored and timeless Rolex design. Though it has been updated since its creation in 1945, it remains an instantly recognizable talisman of taste and refinement. In 2009, Rolex launched the current model, the Datejust II. With its 41 mm diameter, this latest incarnation satisfies the desire for a timepiece that makes a bold statement on the wrist.

The Datejust II is the only best replica Swiss watches for sale among our selections to offer one of Rolex’s most widely-recognizable technical enhancements: the Cyclops lens above the date. Invented by Rolex in 1953, the lens magnifies the date 2.5 times, making it much easier to read. The date display itself offers both quick correction via the crown, and instantaneous changing.

The 904L stainless steel Oyster case is available with another instantly identifiable Rolex hallmark: the fluted bezel. When the Oyster debuted in 1926, the fluting was functional – it allowed the crown to be gripped so it could be screwed down onto the case to guarantee a watertight seal.

The self-winding Caliber 3136 movement bears the “Chronometer” designation, awarded by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It features the Microstella variable-inertia balance, Paraflex shock absorbers, and Parachrom balance spring with Breguet overcoil for improved timekeeping precision.

Rolex Datejust II

 

Advice for Collectors: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex Watches

Just to warn everyone up front, this article concerns my personal opinions on buying and collecting replica Rolex watches uk. Whether one likes it or not, one cannot deny that Rolex still gets more attention from watch consumers than any other watch brand. I respect Rolex for what it is able to accomplish (producing high-quality watches in large numbers for reasonable prices) and I own and have owned my share of Rolex watches, both vintage and new.

My opinion on this subject changes once in a while, I must admit. Once, I even wrote an article on why I don’t collect vintage Rolex watches, yet now I seem to be “stuck” with only vintage Rolex watches in my modest collection. However, I remain strongly opinionated about vintage Rolex. In this article I will tell you exactly why, and why it might be safer (and perhaps just as much fun) to buy a brand-new model.

Rolex GMT-Master II Batman

Let me start by telling you why I love vintage Rolex replica watches. Like most other vintage watches (from other brands), a Rolex sports watch from the 1960s or ’70s has an aura of adventure; the wear on the case and bracelet show that the watches had something of a rough life; the things that the watch witnessed might have been awesome. The fun with vintage Rolex watches is that because there are so many of them around, you can usually find the exact “configuration” that suits your personal taste. For example, I don’t like the ones with the old tritium markers that have turned a mustard yellow color; I prefer them slightly off-white. I also don’t like spider-web dials (cracked paint) and prefer them to be all-matte with big, round hour markers. And I would rather have a watch that had decent servicing throughout the decades than a watch that still has its original crown, seals and crystal. But I know that there are dozens of people who prefer just the opposite.

I’ve learned that a lot about buying and collecting vintage Rolex has to do with aesthetics. There is little interest in the mechanical movement; people generally trust it to be good. (It is a Rolex, for crying out loud.) Many collectors tend to be more interested in a nice-looking dial, or matching pair of hands, than to making sure the movement is all nice and fresh. Nothing wrong with that, of course, and these movements are fairly easy to service, but I always make sure that the watch is in perfect technical working order as well.

Rolex GMT-Master - vintage

Now, the other side of the story is that there is a lot of fraud going on in the vintage Rolex scene. As with all transactions in which serious money is involved — whether it be classic cars, paintings, real estate, even adopting babies — there are always those who want to cheat and scam other people who wish to own a certain commodity (in this case, a watch). There are dealers who claim to have million-dollar businesses selling vintage Rolexes, who claim to be able to supply whatever model you need or whichever is in demand at that moment. Be very careful of those types of dealers. I’d advise you to seek out a guy who trades vintage Rolexes as a hobby (or a passion), rather than to enter a store that has dozens of vintage best fake Rolex watches for sale that are labeled “exclusive” and carry crazy price tags.

SIHH, serving watchmaking’s finest for a quarter-century

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie first saw daylight in Geneva, in 1991, when five exhibitors took a leap of faith and independence. Mission accomplished. This year the event is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and confirms its position as the foremost date in the Rolex replica watch for sale making calendar. Fabienne Lupo, SIHH managing director, looks back at 25 exciting years.

The mere mention of the SIHH strikes a chord with anyone who is the least bit familiar with the measuring of time. Four letters suffice: SIHH – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie for the uninitiated – has become a veritable hallmark; were it eligible for certification, it would surely be awarded a “designation of origin” and a mark of quality label. A reputation it has earned over its 25 years of existence. As the SIHH prepares to celebrate its quarter-century this January, managing director Fabienne Lupo shares her impressions.

Looking back, what are your thoughts on the SIHH in its early days?

Fabienne Lupo, SIHH Managing Director: It’s impossible to compare the very first SIHH in 1991, which brought together five brands in 4,500 square metres of exhibition space, and the event as it is today, with its 16 Maisons spread over 40,000 square metres inside Palexpo Geneva. That said, while the environment, the decor and capacity have all changed, the spirit is exactly the same. From the very outset, SIHH was intended as an exclusive and private event for the fine watch profession. Over the years, we have seen changes in the Maisons taking part which reflect concentration within the sector over these past 25 years, and which has led to the emergence of groups. This is one of the factors behind the expansion of the SIHH and why it has grown into such a foremost event. Yet however true this may be, those early fairs already sowed the seeds for the ones we are organising today.

So what are the ingredients behind the SIHH’s success?

As I mentioned, the SIHH’s status as an exclusive, invitation-only trade fair has been fundamental. Equally important is the fact that all the exhibitors belong to the very small circle of fine watchmaking’s major players. The quality of the welcome extended to visitors, the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, as well as the impeccable service participants enjoy also contribute to the event’s success. The SIHH was brought into being to provide a showcase for fine watchmaking; to create a setting on a par with the products that are presented there. A world of pleasure and emotion.

What have been the major developments over the past 25 years?

Other than the fact that the number of exhibitors has considerably evolved, as has the setting itself and the services provided, two points spring to mind. Firstly, while the SIHH is essentially a commercial event, for a number of years now it has taken on an additional, cultural dimension. Think of the curated exhibitions that are staged there, and which show fine watchmaking in a different light. The response from visitors has been extremely positive. The second significant development concerns the change in dates. Due to calendar circumstances beyond our control, we were obliged to bring the SIHH forward. Traditionally it took place in April but since 2009 it has been held in January. This completely transformed how the brands organise their year in terms of creation and production. Ultimately though, everyone is delighted with this new rhythm. The Maisons can bring their new products to the markets much earlier in the year. As for the SIHH, it gets the 2015 latest Breitling watchmaking year underway by setting out the trends for the next twelve months.

We hear a lot about competition between SIHH and Baselworld. Is this true?

On the contrary, I think the two events complement each other. The brands that took part in the

first SIHHs were looking for a more personal, more exclusive setting. Which it still is. In comparison, last year Baselworld attracted some 1,500 exhibitors and more than 150,000 visitors. The two events aren’t in the same league, as the SIHH’s 16 exhibiting Maisons welcome some 15,000 people. These are two very different concepts and therefore two events that are completely different in spirit. I’d like to add that one of the merits of the SIHH is to have put Geneva on the world fine watch map, a position it fully deserves given the history and density of watchmaking in the canton.

Over recent years, we’ve seen more and more brands descend on Geneva during SIHH week. Any comments?

I think it’s the price of success. The SIHH clearly attracts an elite clientele as all these brands want to take advantage of their presence in Geneva. Not so long ago, only a handful of Maisons came to Genevan hotels to show their products concomitantly to the SIHH. Now there are dozens of them. Some host pop-up events, a kind of mini trade fair; others now come to Geneva prior to Baselworld. For our 25th anniversary edition, we can look forward to a loyal audience, won over to fine Breitling replica watches.